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Tigers put whuppin' on Twins

BASEBALL TONIGHT EXTRA

By David Bearman, ESPN Research

The Detroit Tigers jumped out of the gate in 2006 winning their first five games before losing six of their next eight. At 7-6 and following a 10-2 home loss to Cleveland, manager Jim Leyland went off on his team, saying the losing was unacceptable.

Detroit has responded to the manager's tirade, going 9-3, including a three-game sweep of the Twins that concluded on Sunday with a 6-0 victory.

In the sweep, Detroit outscored Minnesota 33-1 and outhit the Twins 47-15. The Tigers became the fifth team since 1951 and the first since 2002 to outscore an opponent by 32 or more runs in a three-game series. The Angels outscored the Indians 36-4 in a three-game sweep in May of 2002. All five games on this list were American League games.

ELIAS SAYS

David Ortiz, Nick Swisher, Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee each hit their 10th home run of the season on Sunday. This year, eight players hit at least 10 homers during April, the most in any season in major league history.

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SUNDAY'S NEWS AND NOTES

• The A's held OF Milton Bradley out for a third straight game with a sore left knee and also said he has some pain low in his right side. Manager Ken Macha said there are no immediate plans to put Bradley on the DL.

• The Yankees activated RHP Aaron Small from the disabled list after the Yanks' game against the Blue Jays and optioned LHP Matt Smith to Triple-A Columbus.

• Cardinals 3B Scott Rolen missed his sixth straight game due to an upper respiratory illness. He will not travel with the team to Cincinnati, where the Cardinals will begin a two-game series against the Reds on Monday, but may travel to Houston for a two-game series starting on Wednesday.

POSITIVE EARLY RETURNS FOR REDS

By Buster Olney, ESPN The Magazine | Olney Archive

Wayne Krivsky has been on the job as Reds' general manager less than three months, and yet he's already made two trades that have manifested themselves in a big way. Check out the standings today: the Reds have the best record in the majors.

Krivsky started talking with Red Sox GM Theo Epstein in early March about a possible match between the two teams -- a Reds outfielder for a Red Sox pitcher, perhaps, and once they got serious the deal came together quickly. Wily Mo Pena for Bronson Arroyo, and Arroyo, as the world knows, is 4-0.

And late in spring training, Krivsky mulled over conversations he'd been having with the Cleveland Indians about a fallen star prospect, Brandon Phillips.

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